Thin Blue Line: Jake Gardiner impresses

Updated: February 8, 2012, 5:09 PM ET
By Victoria Matiash | Special to ESPN.com

As a member of one of the hottest teams in the NHL, Jake Gardiner has been audaciously making a good amount of noise with the Toronto Maple Leafs of late. With eight points in the 12 games since New Year's, Gardiner has clearly secured a top-four role on a roster bursting with talented and NHL-capable defensemen. And the rookie shows no signs of letting up in his current productive ways.

Seemingly encouraged to join in offensively at his own discretion, Gardiner displays a great ...

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